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Solving a problem is easier when it belongs to someone else

May 10th, 2015 Don Packett

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This couldn’t be more true when dealing with OPP (other people’s problems). Consider these 3 personal situations:

  1.  You’re in a relationship that’s, for lack of a better term, volatile. You argue all the time, your partner never listens, and it’s affecting your work­life with all the added pressure. Your friends give you sound advice that “maybe this isn’t the one”, but it’s just so damn difficult to pinpoint why this isn’t the one, so you keep at it, trying to fix it.
  2.  Your friend is in a relationship that’s, for lack of a better term, exactly the same as above.
  3.  Your friend has a friend (not hypothetically, really) who’s suffering from the same situation.

Trying to solve the first problem is difficult. You’re invested, you know too much, and deeming the relationship ‘a failure’ is not something you want on your scoresheet. Solving the second is a little easier, if your friend listens to sound reason (from you). You can see the one point of view, and potentially the other, so being a little on the outside helps a lot. Solving the third is a no-brainer. This person needs to escape. Stat! For the good of both parties and their employers.

The further removed you are from a problem, the easier it is to solve. Try do this in your business: Simulate the same scenarios with a fake, different company, and see how you can help them fix their problems.

Or, just call us <insert sneaky smiley face here>.

Posted by Don Packett

Leader of my Free World • MC • Comedian • Legacy-buster • Eco-lover • Bird-chaser • Wannabe farmer • Curator of

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